Being “good at math” often referred to knowing basic facts quickly. But is that what defines a mathematically proficient student? What about the other skills—measurement, angles, fractions, time, etc.”? What role does knowing the basic addition and subtraction facts playing in learning other content? This course will examine the trajectory, or journey, of students learning the basic multiplication and division facts.
For each module, you will be required to give real examples of work done in the classroom; however, you can make-up these examples for what would have been produced if you are not currently in a classroom (holiday/summer break, between districts, etc.).
The course will be graded once all assignments and the final assessment has been completed; you must pass each assignment and earn an 80% or above on the final assessment to pass the course. If you have questions throughout the course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Instructor
Dr. Brian Buckhalter
Brian “Dr. Buck” Buckhalter brings almost 15 years of experience in the world of K-12 education as a classroom teacher, district mathematics coach, and professional development facilitator. As a former Graduate Research Fellow for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) at The University of Mississippi, he helped establish professional learning communities across several school districts in North Mississippi. He has also developed and/or facilitated professional learning opportunities and materials for the Mississippi Department of Education and the North Mississippi Education Consortium. In 2017, he founded Buck Wild About Math, LLC to continue providing quality professional development and consulting for schools and school districts.
Under his leadership as a mathematics coach, the Oxford School District’s three elementary schools ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the state for mathematics growth for the 2017-2018 school year. Most recently, he was invited to deliver the keynote address to more than 700 attendees at the 2019 MECA Annual Conference in Jackson, MS. He has presented at numerous conferences on local, state, and national levels, covering a wide range of topics such as advice for beginning coaches, best practices with formative assessment, and addressing student misconceptions. He remains active in several professional organizations, such as the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), where he serves as both the Regional Team Leader for Mississippi and the Associate Journal Editor, and the Mississippi Mathematics Specialist Network (MSMSN) where he currently serves as president.
Some of Dr. Buck’s accolades include Oxford Middle School Teacher of the Year (2010), Oxford School District Teacher of the Year (2010), T.P. Vinson Educator Award (2011), Inspirational Teacher Award (2013), University of Mississippi School of Education Student of the Month (2013), NCSM Spotlight Member (2018), and the Griffin Family Education IMPACT Award (2019).
Dr. Buck received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and both his masters and doctoral degrees in Teacher Education from the University of Mississippi.